At first, this blog was never meant to be read. This changed when I moved from Wordpress to my own site. The articles switched from talking about myself to writing about ideas. Hopefully ideas that others would find somewhat interesting. As I continue to write, I have to face the question, why would anyone read what I’ve written?
Recently a friend of mine let me know that they had stumbled across my blog. I was equal parts mortified and intrigued, they had read my article on Waking Up At Five. As much as I’m publishing this work for anyone to see, deep down and I don’t actually expect anyone to read these words. The feedback I received was that what I wrote had motivated them.
I never expected this.
I am not a motivational writer, or at least I’m not trying to be. What am I trying to be? As much as it would be beneficial to my career as a software developer to write about code, I really don’t (yet) feel the pull to do so. People say that you should write about what you know, so I write about myself. Add that to the fact that I don’t feel like I have any ideas good enough to present to the software development community (yay imposter syndrome), and you get a blog filled with introspection.
The problem with exclusive introspection is that it becomes a diary, and unless your life is extra ordinary, it’s going to be a pretty dull read for anyone other than yourself. This is why you rarely see a memoire from someone who didn’t do something amazing. I wonder if that actually does exist somewhere, “Memoire of the Truly Average Man”. Apparently many people do attempt this, which is why articles like this one exist to warn people away from writing an autobiographical diary.
That being said, it is still possible to write a terrible memoir after leading an interesting life (as president of the United States of America). Not leading an interesting life hasn’t stopped some people, as Buzzfeed gleefully points out.
Why Read My Blog???
Aside from cheeky meta-articles, what’s the point of reading the words I write? I guess I want to believe that I use quality references. When I present an idea, I usually provide context in the form of links. Things that I have found interesting on the internet that I just want to share with you.
I also keep things concise. So without further ado, that’s all folks.